I can't believe it's been three weeks already, that means I'm a quarter of the way through my lectures for the semester! Where is all my time going?
Anyway, this week was pretty great. Still no big travel expeditions, but I will be leaving on February 27th for a few days in Dublin (Bring on the Guinness! Oh, and the Trinity College Library, can't forget that...bring on the literacy?). But back to this week. Guess who's going to be singing in an A Capella group this semester, I hope you guessed me, because you have very few other options. I'm really excited, because I think it's a good opportunity to get more involved in the University community here, and isn't that the whole point of this exchange anyway. It's called Take Note, and it's actually an open group (no audition required), which is basically the whole reason I was able to get in as a second semester international student. It's also really quite casual, because not everyone has much musical experience, but we still sounded good and the chapel we practice in has great acoustics (point one for high ceilings). I went to my first practice on Wednesday, and I think I was the only international student there, which is basically a unique experience so far.
On Saturday I went out into town to meet Maddy and Beth at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. It was really cool, they had some gorgeous clothing, paintings, and lots of other miscellaneous things of historical value. I'll probably go back again sometime to get a better look at everything, because I really just did a quick walk around.
I also have started attending mass at the Catholic Chaplaincy on campus, which has been really nice so far (they feed you after mass on Sunday, clearly somebody knows how you motivate college students...food, food and food). I might even end up playing piano for them during services every now and then, which will be a good way to keep in practice. The chaplaincy is a bit far away from my flat, but the views on the way there are pretty gorgeous, so it makes up for it. It was especially great today, because we had another surprise appearance by the sun, with blue skies all day. I'm learning to savor these things when they happen.
Sorry this post's a little spare, hopefully I'll have some new exciting things to share soon.